written by Zara Raheem | narrated by Ariana Delawari
published by HarperAudio (2019)
To Leila Abid’s traditional Indian parents, finding a husband in their South Asian-Muslim American community is as easy as match, meet, marry. But for Leila, a marriage of arrangement clashes with her lifelong dreams of a Bollywood romance which has her convinced that real love happens before marriage, not the other way around.
Finding the right husband was always part of her life-plan, but after 26 years of singledom, even Leila is starting to get nervous. And to make matters worse, her parents are panicking, the neighbors are talking, and she’s wondering, are her expectations just too high? So Leila decides it’s time to stop dreaming and start dating.
She makes a deal with her parents: they’ll give her three months, until their 30th wedding anniversary, to find a husband on her own terms. But if she fails, they’ll take over and arrange her marriage for her.
This was a super quick read, which is exactly what I was looking for because I’ve been in a reading slump for quite some time. However, I found the cultural aspects of the book more enjoyable than the romance, and the ending left me disappointed.
All that build up, for her not to even be DATING ANYONE?! Or for there not to be a meet cute at the end? Literally NOTHING! I was rooting for you (and her divorced friend too)!